KnowledgeLake Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    I great company with great opportunities

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Director in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    KnowledgeLake is a meritocracy...plain and simple. Do good work, get recognized and rewarded. I think the right workers thrive in environments like this and that's what makes KnowledgeLake a great place to grow a career. There is a high-energy buzz when you come to work, with nice perks, fun employee events and meetings and a positive work atmosphere.

    Cons

    For those who aren't used to, or aren't cut out for a high-performance culture, it can be tough to get traction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive team continues to open up and be more transparent. I urge them to continue to build that visibility for the teams. Overall, direction is clear and

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Confusing, lack of support, codebase is a disaster! New developers thrown in the deep end, and fired if they can't swim!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Nerf gun fights.
    - Foosball table.
    - Free sodas.

    Cons

    - Existing code is complex, not document and hard to understand.
    - Senior developers NOT willing to help juniors, out of fear of being fired, in favour of cheaper juniors.
    - Knowledge hording, no support for new staff (Got to figure it our for yourself).
    - Senior managers lie to your face, to cover their own faults. One minuite telling you they desperately.
    need your help, then fire you the next day once they realise they can't afford to keep you on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Get a clue!
    - Go back to collage and acutally finish your business degrees.
    - Stop treating developers as idiots and tell the TRUE story of what is going on.
    - Impliment knowledge sharing, so that junior/new developers have a chance to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusion reigns

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great location, beautiful office. Knowledgeable co workers

    Cons

    Simply no leadership or direction. Struggle to solve problems identified 3 years ago in a market that needs solutions now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, listen, listen. You don't know as much as you think you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Great Company. KnowledgeLake?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time

    Pros

    In the early days, the company was much more enjoyable, profitable, and there was a great deal of teamwork and cohesiveness among the teams. Those company traits have waned considerably over the past four years, since becoming a wholly-owned company of PFU.

    Cons

    Utter lack of management responsibility, coordination and overall POOR communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KnowledgeLake has taken the focus off of their employees, which in their own words, is a key component to achieving their bottom line and early success. Too many Chiefs, now where near enough Indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Lacking good management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KnowledgeLake

    Pros

    Modern comfortable office space, clean bathrooms, good location, interesting work, free soda, collaborative atmosphere, nice HR people

    Cons

    Poor management, insufficient training opportunities, all employees are close friends-makes it hard to penetrate the barrier

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More mandatory in-depth training is a must. Also management needs to communicate better and be easier to approach. I doubt anyone would dislike constructive criticism as long as it's followed by direction and advice. I felt like everyone was run a bit thin at this company. Hiring more people would allow management to have some time to actually manage their employees and be more involved with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  7.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer Consultant  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - SharePoint Developer Consultant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company and co-workers are focused on their job. Healthcare is pretty good, and covers most normal procedures. 401k matching program, is decent.

    Cons

    Culture has been on the downfall since KnowledgeLake was bought buy a large corporation. Only one of the four founding fathers remain working at KnowledgeLake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to bring back the culture that made this company fantastic!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Rigid for a technology company that has to move rapidly with every MS change

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at KnowledgeLake full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Can do, hardworking and fluid staff willing to change directions at a moment's notice.

    Cons

    Unusually inflexible and non-diverse workplace, particulalry for a technology company. The company culture is highly nepotistic and leadership is inexperienced in standard, corporate business practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive leadership development is a must and opportunities for training should be offered for staff. Political and religious ideologies should be kept out of the workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Fantastic place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake

    Pros

    Family environment, great PTO and very flexible for family, wealth of SharePoint oriented knowledge to learn. There are plenty of opportunities if you have the knowledge/experience and perseverance.

    Cons

    Training is a little weak but your co-workers will make up for it. Department structure needs work to be successful. As sick as it is to say, it is almost too relaxed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force senior employees to act as middle managers at least to provide a little structure and team work.

  10.  

    Booted out after 6 months, despite working hard to stay on.

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Developer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Foosball table. Free sodas. Dual monitors and free access to the local City Center gym.

    Cons

    Managers who seam nice but will stab you in the back, to save the company money. Hire juniors, and expect them to have senior level talent. Their code is a mess, and all they offer to the media is smoke and mirrors, about how wonderful they are, despite their code being so broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the BS you feed your employees, and tell them the truth if you are not going to keep them on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    KnowledgeLake Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KnowledgeLake full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefit, always chase latest technique, lots of opportunities to learn new things, energetic colleagues. nice office

    Cons

    working time not flexible enough, occasionally overtime,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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